WORLD TOUR - 1983/84



Absolutely essential:
" BODY WISHES"

Body Wishes


Poem
(click above to read the poem)

"I have decided that instead of having my unflawless history spread eagled once again before you (it has after all been spoken of in great depth by the English papers for the past eight years) I will tickle your unflappables with a poem and drawing from the forthcoming edition (if we can find a mentally retarded publisher) called 'A Variety Of Annoyances' by Rod Stewart and Ron Wood (of the well known pop-group)."

The set contains:

  • Tonight I'm Yours
  • Sweet Little Rock'n'Roller
  • Dancin' Alone
  • Tonight's The Night
  • Passion
  • She Won't Dance With Me/Little Queenie
  • Sweet Surrender
  • I Don't Want To Talk About It
  • You're In My Heart
  • Baby Jane
  • Young Turks
  • What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So In Love With You)
  • Da' Ya' Think I'm Sexy?
  • Hot Legs
  • Gasoline Alley
  • Maggie May
  • You Wear It Well
  • I Was Only Joking
  • Sailing



Tourbook
Tourbook 1983

 

May 1983
25 Luxembourg, Luxemburg
28 Schüttorf-Münster, Germany
31 Bruxelles, Belgium

June 1983
03 Köbenhavn, Denmark
04 Stockholm, Sweden
07 Hamburg, Germany
08 Berlin, Germany
10 Rotterdam, Netherlands
12 Versailles, France
13 Paris, France
15 Nantes, France
16 Lille, France
18 Glasgow, Scotland
19 Dublin, Ireland
21 Birmingham, UK
22 Birmingham, UK
23 Birmingham, UK
25 London, Earl's Court, UK
26 London, Earl's Court, UK
27 London, Earl's Court, UK
29 Mannheim, Germany
30 München, Germany

August 1983
04 Sun City, South Africa
05 Sun City, South Africa
06 Sun City, South Africa
07 Sun City, South Africa

July 1983
02 Verona, Italy
03 Firenze, Italy
04 Misano Adriatico, Italy
05 Genova, Italy
15 San Sebastian, Spain
17 Madrid, Spain
19 Lisboa, Portugal
21 Tel Aviv, Israel
23 Tel Aviv, Israel
28 Sun City, South Africa
29 Sun City, South Africa
30 Sun City, South Africa
31 Sun City, South Africa

Rod

 

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Tony BROCK - drums
Tony Brock


From the town of Poole-Dorset on England's southern coast, drummer Tony Brock hit the local big time with two albums as a member of the group, Spontaneous Combustion. In 1974 Tony found himself with an unexpected introduction to Rod Stewart when the group Strider, with Gary Grainger, opened for the Faces on their final British tour.

Less then two years later, Grainger joined the Rod Stewart Group, which was in it's early formation, and Tony joined the Babys. Instead of touting the traditional demo tape, The Babys put themselves on video, an innovative initiative that got them a recording deal.

As excitement surrounding the release of their first album began to build in the United States, The Babys made a ten-day promotional trip to America, and this trip turned into a permanent stay. The group made several more successful albums and had two top ten singles, "Isn't It Time" and "Every Time I Think Of You" before splitting up in 1980.
Tony's reintroduction to Rod Stewart came in 1982 when Rod liked what he heard on the demo for "Tonight I'm Yours", on which Tony played drums. Rod opted for Tony's style and this characteristic, driving beat has become the staple of the band's sound. Although committed to his current work with Rod Stewart, he has also found key time for some outside projects, as exhibited by Eddie Money's current No Control LP which further showcases Tony Brock's expertise.
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Seven years with the Rod Stewart Group, guitarist Jim Cregan is a founding member of the band and throughout this period, his contributions have been impressive.
A master of both acoustic and electric guitar, Cregan co-produced Tonight I'm Yours and also has production credits on Stewart's current release, Body Wishes.
With songwriting partner, Kevin Savigar, Jim has co-written many of the irresistible melodies heard on recent Stewart albums. Prior to his association with Rod Stewart, Jim's trademark guitar could be heard on Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel's 1975 hit "Make Me Smile".
Jim CREGAN - guitars
Jim Cregan
(the Somerset Segovia)
Before Cockney Rebel was born, Jim added his inventive guitar work to a succession of acts in his native England, eventually playing with the group, Family, when they opened for Elton John and a tour of America. The stint was followed by a world tour with Cat Stevens and Linda Lewis. It was when Cockney Rebel came to the U.S., armed with their number one hit, that Jim Cregan caught the attention of Rod Stewart. Stewart saw the band perform at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter recruited Jim to join Stewart's band in 1976. There are more reasons for records reaching number one than just the singer and the song. Occasionally, a few inspired instrumental moments in the middle will transform an entire performance, turning a good song into a solid hit. Jim Cregan's stunning guitar style continues to prove this point.
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Jimmy ZAVALA - sax/harmonica
Jimmy Zavala
(...and takes his trousers off in public)
While still in his mid-teens, saxophonist Jim Zavala could be found frequenting the local nightspots of his hometown of Sacramento, California, sporting dark glasses and a wordly attitude to disguise his age.
It was during this time that Jim was introduced to the sounds of the ever-fascinating mouth harp and harmonica legends such as Little Walter and Taj Mahal. Zavala went on to master the harmonica and ironically, become a favourite in many of those same clubs throughout northern California.
Yet it was when Jim took up the saxophone during a three-year period with various blues band that he entered the world of rock'n'roll. Influenced by the music of such greats as Junior Walker and King Curtis, Zavala began making a name for himself during a six-year stint of non-stop touring.
With his own band, he toured from San Francisco to Reno, Tahoe, Seattle and Vancouver, among other major cities.
Zavala left the roadwork behind when he decided to move to Los Angeles, and when the bandmembers wouldn't follow, Jim set out on his own. Less than a year later, in 1981, while jamming at a blues session at the popular Central Club on Sunset Strip, Jim made a lasting impression on two people in his audience - Rod Stewart bandmembers, Robin Le Mesurier and Jim Cregan. Le Mesurier and Cregan suggested Zavala to Rod Stewart when a call went out for a horn player. Rod was impressed with Jim's proficiency on harmonica and flute as well as saxophone, so he was instantly named as one of the boys in the band. In addition to his work with Stewart's group, recently teamed with Kevin Savigar on a session for John Cougar's latest release. He has also worked with Les Dudek, ex-Knack guitarist, Douf Fieger, The Rockets and Ron Wood. Jim Zavala's blues-oriented style continues to gain him recognition as an outstanding musician who has gone far through his strong belief in the roots of rock'n'roll.
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Keyboard player Kevin Savigar joined the Rod Stewart Group in the summer of 1978, two years after the band's formation. He had only been out of London's Trinity College (where he majored in classical piano) for two years and his practical playing experience had been confined to pit bands in West End theatres, sessions for TV jingles and short stays with club bands.
Consequently, his indoctrination into rock music with the Stewart Group was a challenging experience.
Kevin SAVIGAR - keyboards
Kevin Savigar
However, Kevin soon established his worth and went on to become an integral part of the group by helping to create a more dominant role for keyboards within the band. (This trend continues, as further evidenced by the recent '83 additon of second keyboard player, John Corey).
After three years as the band's new boy, Kevin acquired instant seniority in 1981 when Jay Davis, Jimmy Zavala, Wally Stocker and Tony Brock joined the ranks. Kevin's writing partnership with Jim Cregan poduced instant hits on Tonight I'm Yours and the Cregan/Savigar team is going strong with a succession of co-written compositions on Stewart's current album, Body Wishes. Recently, Kevin has found time to pursue projects outside the Rod Stewart Group. His work can be heard not only with Kenny Loggins, but also on rocker John Cougar's latest LP. Without a doubt, Kevin Savigar is no longer the "new kid from school".
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Robin LE MESURIER - guitars
Robin Le Mesurier
The son of two of Britain's best-loved comedy actors, John Le Mesurier and the late Hattie Jacques, Robin Le Mesurier took up guitar while in school, and at the tender age of sixteen, turned professional.
His involvement with numerous groups and studio sessions led to an extraordinary spell with The Wombles, a group of oversized soft toys that started out as characters in a series of children's stories and resulted in a string of hit singles. Suffocating in fake fur, Robin reached the top ten three times before being ousted from the group for "unwomblish" activities. Robin joined the survivors of the group Strider, to form Limey, but this band was short-lived, resulting in Robin's next stint as guitar tuner for the Rod Stewart Group, touring Europe and Australia during late '76 and early '77.
After reuniting with a newly-formed Strider band, Robin left the group once more to join another Rod Stewart tour - this time playing with Air Supply when they opened for Stewart in America in 1977.
Robin returned to England briefly to record an album with his father, but was back in the U.S. in '78 as a member of Lion. He then joined the highly-touted L.A. Band, The Difference, which helped pave the way for his present relationship with Rod Stewart. Having contributed recently to projects with Randy Van Warmer and on Ron Wood's solo effort, 1-2-3-4, Robin's non-stop ambition has led to his own "tongue-in-cheek heavy metal" single and Arrested, an album of orchestrated Police songs, both featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, the latest Stewart album, Body Wishes, features tunes co-written by Robin with Rod Stewart, Jim Cregan and Kevin Savigar.

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Bass player Jay Davis views his recruitment to Rod Stewart's group as largely a matter of luck - being in the right place at the right time. The right place was the recording studio where Carmine Appice was recording his solo album; the right time was 1981 when Rod needed a bass player to perform with him on the American Music Awards. Carmine Appice recommended his sideman; Rod listened and liked what he heard, "and the next thing I knew I was on TV with him", Davis recalls.

 

Jay DAVIS - bass
Jay Davis
Jay hasn't always been that lucky. In 1976, for instance, he rehearsed and recorded with with Mick Jones and Ian MacDonald and left just before Foreigner was signed.
He later recorded with Mick Ronson and the album was never released. When Jay put together Axis, a group with Appice's younger brother, Vinnie and long-time partner, Danny Johnson, they did record an album, but the trio soon disbanded. Jay's association with the band Silver Condor proved more succesfull with their single "You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight" reaching the Top 20 on the national charts. Davis' career began in Louisiana where he was performing locally by the age of eleven. He hit the road at seventeen, playing countless bars and with numerous bands throughout the south and midwest, eventually ending up in New York in 1976. At this time, much of the music he was performing was his own, "just real rock'n'roll", he says - complimented with songs from the Rod Stewart songbook. In 1978, Jay moved to Los Angeles and in February of 1981, following his work on Carmine Appice's solo album, Jay permanently joined the Rod Stewart Group.



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